Adelaide’s design-leading U City development ‘tops out’ - Media Release

Construction at South Australia’s ‘greenest’ building marks key milestone reaching top floor Adelaide’s new U City development in the heart of the CBD has reached a key milestone today with the building ‘topping out’, as construction reaches the final 20th level of the project on the corner of Franklin and Pitt Street. U City is… 

Rough Justice for People with Disabilities in SA Court - Media Release

The SA Government has cut the Communication Partner Service in today’s budget, removing the opportunity for people with communication disabilities to have their voice heard and understood in our legal system. “This funding cut is false economy, removing a very cost effective, volunteer provided service that brings together police, the court system and a NGO… 

SA Budget has more negatives than positives for first nation South Australians - Media Release

CUTS TO NATIVE TITLE SERVICES AND SILENT ON REMOTE HOUSING The 2018-19 State budget includes very few positives for First Nations South Australians. The positives include a welcomed State contribution of $50,000 (2018-19) towards the provision of permanent community-based dialysis treatment services on the APY Lands, and the establishment of a position for a Commissioner… 

Better solutions than mandated drug treatment

Uniting Communities has sent a submission to the legislative council outlining our concerns about the SA government’s proposed legislation for mandated treatment for children and young people who are dependent on drugs (click here for our submission). Uniting Communities has been providing specialist drug and alcohol treatment services for many years and so we see… 

Opposing Expansion of Cashless Debit Card

Evidence and reports from communities indicate that the implementation of the Cashless Debit Card has not achieved the results which are being claimed by the Federal Government.  Instead of punishing people on income support by placing them on the Card the Government should be directing its attention to increasing public housing stock and ensuring the… 

ACCC delivers path to 20% energy cost reductions

Uniting Communities congratulates the ACCC on delivering a report proposing a practical path to average energy savings of about 20% within 3 years in South Australia and calls on governments, industry and regulators to deliver on the 56 recommendations. The report recognises ‘once and for all’ that energy prices are too high. The ACCC says… 

Family Matters National Week of Action

Today marks the beginning of a national week of action for Family Matters, a campaign to address the growing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in child protection and care. Aboriginal children are currently being removed from their families at almost ten times the rate of non-Aboriginal children across Australia.… 

Federal Budget 2018: Welcome news for those needing home-care support

Following the Coalition Government’s past cuts to the aged-care budget of more than $2bn as a result of adjustments to the residential care funding formula, the announcement of a $1.6 billion aged-care and retirees package is welcome news. “While we welcome these additional packages, this number falls well short of those needed and does little…